Thursday, September 29, 2011

My Shopping "Cores"

First, I'd like to apologize for the dearth of posts. I'm in graduate school for psychology and am in the thick of my third semester, which unfortunately means something has to give--and it's definitely not going to be shopping! I probably spend the amount of time shopping every week that some people spend on a part-time job; I am quite committed, immersed in the retail world, and have developed my own unique shopping habits.

From the book, Confessions of a Shopaholic

Unfortunately, my financial resources are extremely limited, which definitely interferes with buying (note the distinction I make between shopping and buying—I might save this for another post). At the same time, it requires that I am that much more of an efficient buyer. An efficient buyer isn’t limited only to the amount of money you spend on clothes or the number of items you buy, it extends to many other factors. Do not fret, I use these as guidelines and not my shopping bible. Exceptions are a big part of it! Shopping and buying has to be fun, and flexibility, whims, and treats all have their special place!

Paris Hilton's Closet, image from Decorpad

Before moving on to discuss what factors I consider to constitute efficient buying, I must interrupt and mention the overall like/love/must-have factor that occurs reflexively at first glance. (Brittany, this is for you: This liking/loving/must-have is analogous to Spearman’s g: it’s the overall picture, the composite factor; the reaction is thin-slicing in the world of shopping.) You feel that slight peak of excitement in your chest, and if you’re fully into the experience, might even let out a quick little squeal of excitement or a small orgasmic “Ohhhh!” We’ve all been there (okay, maybe not with the verbal exclamations…)—no inspection, no checking the price tag, you see a piece and it speaks to you; it was meant to be—it has to be! It has your name written all over it. You’re already bonding, picturing it in your wardrobe. You purchase your new treasure and walk proudly out of the store.

Some of my shopping bag hoard

Fortunately and unfortunately, the aforementioned probably doesn’t happen very frequently. This is when I turn to my “cores,” what I will call the main factors I consider when buying. The priority of each factor, or core, depends on the item in question for purchase. Therefore, the cores are not in order based on any priority. First, I will list each core, then elaborate on each core in following posts.

Note! I haven’t mentioned the fit of items in this list because it is the #1 factor that takes priority over all others. Fit, more than anything else, is your key to looking good and determining factor in deciding what to buy.

My Cores:

1.)    Wearability

2.)    Versatility

3.)    Durability

4.)    Aesthetics

5.)    Quality

6.)    Function

7.)    Niche

8.)    Availability

9.)    Comfort

10.) Cost

11.) Maintenance

Spearman's g factor analogy: the large circle is analagous to the overall like/love/must-have factor and the purple represents characteristics of each core (blue ellipses), part of which contributes to the overall like/love/must-have factor

1 comment:

  1. This is a good post! I have a problem with shopping and buying and wanting things I truly don't need or that may end up in my closet unloved just because it was cheap or on sale.... =( Jessica